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AFI is celebrating its 40th anniversary by screening 11 classic American films simultaneously and hosting an iconic star or director from each.

The event, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the 14-screen ArcLight Hollywood, will include such Hollywood notables as Kirk Douglas introducing "Spartacus," George Lucas presenting "Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope" and Julie Andrews introducing "The Sound of Music."

Other stars scheduled to appear include Warren Beatty ("Bonnie and Clyde"), Jack Nicholson ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"), Sylvester Stallone ("Rocky") and Tippi Hedren ("The Birds").

Representing more recent Hollywood fare will be Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner ("When Harry Met Sally ..."), Angela Lansbury ("Beauty and the Beast"), Clint Eastwood ("Unforgiven") and Morgan Freeman ("The Shawshank Redemption").

"What better way to celebrate 40 years of AFI than to bring together movie artists and moviegoers in the flickering light of these classic American films," AFI president and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg said.

Tickets for the event, sponsored by Target, can be purchased beginning Wednesday at AFI.com or the ArcLight boxoffice.
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